FAQs

General/Registration/League (6)

What is recreational soccer?

Recreational soccer is primarily devoted to the enjoyment and development of soccer players without the emphasis on travel or high level competition. The purpose of recreational soccer is to provide an opportunity for the participants to have fun, learn the sport and develop life skills including a life long love of the game.

Why doesn’t Decatur Soccer have a draft like baseball?

Until recently, we’ve had a difficult time balancing teams.  We’ve tried coaches evaluations but those were erratic and inconsistent.  For the 2012 Spring season, we had mandatory player evaluations where all coaches were the assessors.  The teams were more evenly distributed, but there was still along way to go.  For the 2012 Fall Season, we … Continue reading

When and where will my child have practice?

Practices times are decided by your coach.  Available times will be 5:45 or 6:45 pm on Tuesday or Thursday, and 9:00am-11:00am on Saturdays.  Time is limited based on age group (2-3.5 hrs/week).  Locations typically alternate between Point Mallard and Jack Allen.

How do I know what age group my child is in?

We are now following the US soccer guidelines of grouping entire birth years together.  We will no longer be going from August to August.  Your player will still only be playing with players one year older or younger.  Age groups are labeled with the birth years, so it is much less confusing to know which … Continue reading

I have a parent on my team who uses foul language. What can I do?

Contact the Board of Directors immediately at board@decaturyouthsoccer.com.  Foul language during games and training sessions is prohibited regardless of where it originates.  We will gather details and determine if intervention is necessary.

What days and how long?

Practices and games are typically on Tuesdays and Thursdays, along with some Saturdays.  Practices usually last one hour for all age groups.  Games last about 30-45 minutes for U6, about one hour for U8 and U10, and about 1 ½ hours for U12 and 14.

Coaches (10)

Do I need to buy uniforms?

No.  Player registration fees pay for uniforms, including the head coach’s jersey.

How soon should I contact my players?

Soon!  Once teams are finalized, coaches and players will be notified by Allplayers.com.  Coaches should contact players and establish communications and practice times and any other valuable information.

I have a parent on my team who uses foul language.

What can I do? Contact the Board of Directors immediately at board@decaturyouthsoccer.com.  Foul language during games and training sessions is prohibited regardless of where it originates.  We will gather details and determine if intervention is necessary.

When should I put players in permanent positions for the season?

Since the purpose of this league is player development and enjoyment, there is no reason to give permanent positions to players.  Sticking the slow kid at defense is the classic move, but this does nothing to grow their understanding of the game.  In all age groups, strive to give each player equal experience on offense … Continue reading

I teach my players to play strong defense. What is wrong with this?

There is one position on the field that generates the most controversy each season in the U5, U6 and U8 age groups.  That position is the last defender, also known as the player in front of the goal and the player in the goalkeeper position. To begin with, the DYSA handbook under Law 3(f) has … Continue reading

Why can’t I choose the players on my team?

In U5 and U6, players can request you as a coach, but you can’t request players.  This helps to ensure the youngest players have a chance to play with their friends from school or church while also limiting the possibility that a coach will stack his team with the best 5 year olds he can … Continue reading

I keep hearing “no laps, no lines, no lectures” as guidelines for managing a training session. What else is there to do as a coach?

Laps, Lines and Lectures are all things kids don’t like.  We want kids to have a great time learning how to play the game of soccer while also improving their skill and fitness level.  If you feel like they need to run at the end of the session for fitness, you may be missing opportunites … Continue reading

What is wrong with making my players run laps without a ball at their feet?

Soccer is a unique sport in that eye-foot coordination is the focus instead of eye-hand coordination. We use our hands all the time and choosing to take the ball away from the player’s foot during training for the sole purpose of fitness is short-sighted.  A simple fitness activity is jogging around the field with each … Continue reading

How can I run a practice where the players aren’t standing in line waiting their turn?

A primary goal during practice is keeping the kids engaged and working as much as possible.  Boredom is the enemy fun.  Kids love games and playing with the ball at their feet.  Instead of using drills, have the kids play skill contests, relays, and small-sided (1v1, 2v1, 3v2, etc) games and other activities.  If you … Continue reading

If I coach two teams, will the league schedule my games so they don’t overlap and are back to back(stack)?

Multi-team coaches have initial scheduling priority. We try to stack games wherever possible to avoid conflicts.

Parents (4)

My child’s coach yells a lot at the kids. Who can I talk to about this?

Contact the Director of Coaching (doc@decaturyouthsoccer.com) or the President (president@decaturyouthsoccer.com) at anytime to discuss coach behavior.  We discourage yelling and poor behavior by our coaches and will work with the coach to improve in this area. Sometimes, a coach comes across as abrasive when his or her intent is anything but.  We absolutely don’t won’t … Continue reading

If I coach two teams, will the league schedule my games so they don’t overlap and are back to back?

Multi-team coaches have initial scheduling priority. We try to stack games wherever possible to avoid conflicts.

I registered my child so what happens next?

If you completed the online registration for your child, you should have received an email confirming their registration.  If you did not get an email confirmation, you may not have fully completed the form.  Please email registrar@decatursoccer.com for help. All players will need to attend evaluations. Please check the calendar to see when and where evaluations are. Once registration … Continue reading

I know that my child’s coach evaluated all the players on the team at the end of last season. Why do we to attend mandatory evaluations if you have that information?

The purpose of the player evaluations is to give the league as much information as possible as we try to balance teams.  While we did request player evals from coaches last season, not everyone responded. Also, history shows relying solely on coach’s late season ratings often results in significant disparity at the end of the … Continue reading